10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brighton, United Kingdom
September 6-10, 2009

Same Tone, Different Category: Linguistic-Tonetic Variation in the Areal Tone Acoustics of Chuqu Wu

William Steed, Phil Rose

Australian National University, Australia

Acoustic and auditory data are presented for the citation tones of single speakers from nine sites (eight hitherto undescribed in English) from the little-studied Chuqu subgroup of Wu in East Central China: Lishu.., Longquan, Qingyuan, Longyou, Jinyun, QP.ngtian, Yunhe, J..ngning, and Taishun. The data demonstrate a high degree of complexity, having no less than 22 linguistictonetically different tones. The nature of the complexity of these forms is discussed, especially with respect to whether the variation is continuous or categorical, and inferences are drawn on their historical development.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Steed, William / Rose, Phil (2009): "Same tone, different category: linguistic-tonetic variation in the areal tone acoustics of chuqu wu", In INTERSPEECH-2009, 2295-2298.